Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 24 – Darren Emerson (East City Films)
21 Jun 2019

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 24 – Darren Emerson (East City Films)

21 Jun 2019


In this episode of The Immersive Audio Podcast, host Oliver is joined by Darren Emerson who is producer, director and co-founder of VR City and East City Films.

Recorded in Christmas 2018, during the production of interactive documentary ‘Common Ground’, which recently had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019, Darren discusses the challenges of devising engaging and innovated work and what it takes to push the medium forward in a highly competitive industry.  He talks to us about his journey into VR, his earlier VR documentaries “Indefinite” and “Witness 360:7/7”, and the challenges of running a business.

We also learn about how funding has developed for creatives and how the availability of financial support is helping to expand and grow the industry, enabling people to use new technology to be able to break rules and to push the boundaries, creating new and exciting ways of storytelling.

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Show Notes

East City films:

Common Ground:

Tribeca Film Festival:

Witness 360:7/7:


idfa DOCLAB:

Detention Action:

Sheffield Doc/fest:



Comic Relief:

The New York Times:

Creative XR Competition:

The Secret History of Our Streets:

Leap Motion:

All seeing Eye:

Audience of the future:

Immerse uk:


Royal Holloway:

National Theatre:

Arts council:

Innovate UK:


This episode was produced by Abbigayle Bircham, Oliver Kadel, and Lisa Daniels, and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

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